Regulatory

Network Neutrality is Dead: Netflix deal with AT&T; VZ Throttling- FCC?

July 31, 2014
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Netflix announced Tuesday that it had agreed to pay AT&T for a direct “peering” connection to AT&T’s network. The two companies arranged the deal this past May and have been working since then to connect their respective networks. AT&T had been pressing Netflix to pay for an upgraded connection between their networks since at least March…

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FCC Acts to Improve Rural Broadband Service with $100M Fund- Census Blocks Released

July 29, 2014
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Roughly 10% of the U.S., mostly in remote rural areas, is eligible to take advantage of $100 million the Federal Communications Commission is allocating for improvements in rural broadband service. The project gets its money from the FCC’s $4.5 billion Connect America Fund. The commission is providing bidding incentives for proposals that exclusively serve tribal lands.…

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Congressional leaders ask FCC to Streamline Wireless Broadband Infrastructure Deployments

May 30, 2014
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On May 29th, House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to streamline the approval process for upgrading existing wireless facilities.  The letter asks Mr. Wheeler for clarification of Section 6409(a) – the spectrum provisions of the Middle Class…

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FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Stirs Up Controversy- Reclassify or Not?

May 19, 2014
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An image of Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC,.

On May 15th the FCC Commissioners narrowly voted to approve a framework for rules that would create an Internet fast lane, while trying to patch up the loopholes that would make that fast lane possible. The proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but leaves the door…

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Rural America Needs Advanced Services & Competition – Part 1

May 8, 2014
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This picture is a very nice one of independent broadband industry icon, Gene South.

The above title is by no means an original thought; this belief has been documented in policy statements and legislation at the Federal and individual state level many times over the years.  Technology and other social factors have resulted in many changes to telecommunications policy for the common good of our country.  A significant number…

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